Vesper 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Nov 3, 2010

This is otherwise known as "the James Bond martini" because it is what Ian Fleming's spy ordered in the first Bond novel, "Casino Royale." The Vesper was the first "martini" to introduce vodka to the mix. It is the only martini variation that should be "shaken, not stirred."

Most Vesper recipes call for Lillet Blanc, but this one calls for Cocchi Americano, an Italian aperitivo that is closer to the original Kina Lillet called for by Bond.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Plymouth
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • Twist of lemon peel, for garnish (optional)


Chill a cocktail (martini) glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the gin, vodka and Cocchi Americano. Shake vigorously, then strain into the glass. Garnish with the twist of lemon peel, if desired.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from Fulvio Piccinino, bartender at the Jazz Club in Turin, Italy.

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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